eponymous_rose: (Look it is a gyroscope!)
I'm a scientist, and I've done posts like this about science that interests me, but I'm also a classically trained pianist, and I think that one of the absolute greatest things anyone has ever taught me was how to listen to classical music - and I don't mean sit in concert halls and nod sagely and go "hmm, yes, quite nice", I mean really listen. So I'd like to pass that on to you, if you're curious or bored or getting a vague sense that this is something wonderful and huge that you now have a perfect excuse to experience.

Here's the thing - the vast majority of songs you hear on the radio are going to follow a certain formula. You've got your verses ("In the town where I was born/Lived a man who sailed to sea"), your chorus ("We all live in a yellow submarine") that's the always-stuck-in-your-head bit that pops up between verses, and somewhere around the middle you'll get a bridge with different instrumentation, often in a different key (this particular example has an instrumental bridge). This is, happily, a little point of commonality with the often-arcane world of classical music. In particular, I'm going to chat a bit (using an example!) about a certain form of music, a formula like the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus form you get so often in popular music.

This formula's called sonata-allegro form, and it was incredibly popular in the late 18th and early 19th century. Folks like Mozart loved this sucker, and a whole lot of pieces from that period have sonata-allegro form written all over them.

If you can get the hang of sonata-allegro form, you've got a pretty great start when it comes to understanding the structure behind this kind of music (and you've got a better chance at staying awake in a concert hall). So if you've got the time, sit back, relax, turn up your speakers, and let me try to talk you into really listening to this particular piece of music.

Onwards! This post is aimed at folks with little or no experience with music, although experts and enthusiasts are welcome to come in and point out all the ways in which I'm completely wrong about all this. )
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I mean, I've never particularly been a rabid fan (though I have grown up listening to his music and loving what I've heard), but every movie about the guy is so darn good! I adored No Direction Home when I saw it a while back, and I just watched I'm Not There last night, which I absolutely loved (except for maybe the Richard Gere scenes, but what can you do?). It is delightfully nonlinear, especially since I didn't have a clue what I was sitting down to watch and thus missed the whole "Cate Blanchett, Ben Whishaw, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin and Heath Ledger are Bob Dylan" thing. It was lovely and poetic. That's my movie rec for the day month year.

Opinion seems to be pretty dang polarised on it, though, since critics either sing its praises or pan it - anyone else watch it?
eponymous_rose: (DW | K9 Notes Your Silliness)
Plz to stop with the selecting "Mahna, Mahna" every dang time I sit down to write dramatic scenes.

...it's very distracting. :D
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Doctor Who, cats, weather, and music.

eponymous_rose: (Jeeves and Wooster Piano Guy)
Exam went extremely well.  Freakishly well.  Somewhere between 80% and 100% well.

A tip for anyone hoping to write an RCM music history exam: DO THE ESSAYS LAST.  As far as I can tell, the 20% in essay questions is just to separate the really top students from the students just trying to pass. Or something. I finished the short-answer/fill-in-the-blanks section in twenty minutes (for 80% of the test); the essays took just over two hours (for 20% of the test).  And I write extremely quickly.  Also, it was funny to note that I could either get 5% by writing the words "Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei", or by writing a full-length essay on the impact of the motet "Ave Maria...virgo serena" based on the humanistic movement of the Renaissance era.  Hm.  I'll take the former, please.  Sort of an oddly-arranged test, anyhoo.

And, through a stroke of luck, my ignoring of poor little Schubert during my studying didn't hurt me: there was one question about him, worth one percent of the test, that I just happened to know anyway.  Phew.

Ohmygoodness.  This means that there's a very, very good chance I just earned myself my real Grade 10 RCM certification today!  After twelve years of work!  Huzzah! :D
eponymous_rose: (Eighth Doctor and his Issues)
I blame watching bits of the TVM last night.  Seriously.

Anyway, the standard movements of the baroque suite of stylized dances are the Allemande, the Courante, the Sarabande, and the Gigue.  ACSG.  I couldn't remember it until I created a terrible little mnemonic for my own amusement edification:  All Can Snog Grace.

Heehee.

I'm about done with the studying now, and I sorely neglected Schubert in my readings.  Whoops.  Don't worry, Schubert!  I still fangirl you!


Teenage!Schubert's got a bit of a "srsly?" expression going.  Aw.
eponymous_rose: (Nine the standup comic!)
Nothing drastic - just no big posts until Friday and the end of my history exam of Doom! Uh, with the exception of this one. Which is, of course, me getting it out of my system. So this is me. Getting it out of my system.

Rambly! )


Well, that's about it, really.  More to come at some point or other! :D  Back to the books.
eponymous_rose: (It are fact.)
Phew.  Busy week.

Spent today at the fair being spun and tossed and dropped and swung in all different directions, which was actually a lot more fun than I remembered.  I sort of wish we had a decent roller coaster, though - somewhere along the line, I've become a bit of a coaster snob connoisseur. :D  I did like the loop-the-loop thingie, though.  And I'm an absolute sucker for giant twirly swings.  Note to self: if I'm ever in a really terrible mood, for whatever reason, I must take the bus to The Mall and ride the swings for five minutes. That'll fix it!

Spent last night writing for my ficathon and wound up with two thousand words of yay.  This is going to be long, dangit, but I need to get back to work on the Wanderer Fantasy.  It'll come with time, I hope!  I have totally twisted the prompt and actually almost forgot about it.  Obviously Greek mythology is relevant.  Um.  *squints*  Yeah.

Spent the last half-hour falling on my face trying to get to the phone on time, just to hear the doorbell ring and switch course mid-stumble.  En route to the door, I step in our kitty's latest offering to the hairball gods and throw the door open to see my landlords.  Oh.  Um.  Joy.

So I had a long chat with my landlords and tried to sneak away to clean off my foot.  How embarrassing. *wince*

But the conversation was basically about how I am a good tenant and they want me to live here for as long as I like (the next three years, for instance).  So it was worth the icky foot stuff.  Definitely.

Well, almost definitely.  Ew.  Thanks, kitty.

Taking my cousin out for a birthday dinner on Sunday, but the rest of the week's gonna be taken up with studying for my big ol' music history exam, which rears its ugly head at 9:30 AM on the tenth of August.  If I pass it, they hand me my long-awaited Grade 10 RCM certificate and a gold star and maybe even a cookie.  Yay! :D

Gosh.  My little brother's moving out of the country for college on the 18th.  Ack!

So, yes.  Brain goes asplodey, but I still had time to curl up in the marvelous not-quite-warm of my room for an hour this morning and read a good book.  Another heat wave's on the horizon.  Ten years ago, we'd have maybe two days above thirty degrees (I know because I'd make a chart with the weather for the summer.  Why? Because my stuffed animals were learning about the weather in the classes I was teaching them.  Heehee.).  Now we have whole weeks above thirty degrees.  Obviously, something's happening here.

Anyway.  Yes.  Sleepy.  So we have hypnotic David Tennant as the mood theme for today! :D
eponymous_rose: (Jeeves and Wooster Piano Guy)
I've spent most of today studying for my music history exam - and then it occurred to me that I haven't blogged about this place yet.

Free public domain music scores.  It's brilliant.

Even if you've got very little interest in classical music, reading a score while you're listening can be a pretty amazing experience. :D
eponymous_rose: (Nine/Rose!)
Now, because I've friended quite a few new people in the last few days (*waves*), and possibly also because I love being all meta, I'm gonna write up a bit of an update on what's going in IN ZEE MIND OF ME.  In other words, this is my blog: the abridged version, for those of you who'd rather not sort through the mess.

TV-Announcer voice: Previously, on [personal profile] eponymous_rose:


(Gosh, this post was easy to tag. :D)
eponymous_rose: (Time)
Ah, but that's all fixed now!  Away from the parents' house and its so-so internet for the next three weeks, and the cold has (mostly) turned tail and fled! 

After some considerable technical difficulties involving my iPod (we're talking five consecutive hours of trolling online forums for any bit of help with my multiplying predicaments), I wound up deleting my 1,000+ songs accidentally-on-purpose.  Spring cleaning!  So now I'm entirely without music.  100% music-free.  This is not a good thing to be.

My request, then, is for anyone and everyone to comment with any and all recommendations for music!  It can be a band name, a song title, an album title, a genre, or something else entirely!  Don't look back at my other music and try to figure out what sort of stuff I like - I love it all!  The ridiculous, the divine, the imitative, the tuneless, the melodious, the rhythmic, the stupid, the brilliant, and um, everything in between!  Throw out some ideas - I'm going nuts over here! :D
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Well, because I spend about 90% of my working waking hours hooked up to my lil' iPod, I figured it was about time for me to do this particular infamous meme.

The rules?  Randomize whatever music-type device you've got handy and explain what the first twenty songs mean to you.  Post lyrics if you like.  No cheating, mind.  We all want to know exactly why you've got the Barney theme on there.  It makes for a good meme.

This particular iPod has been my pet for the last three-ish years, and contains the sum of the random MP3 CDs I had kicking around at the time (including some that belonged to my brother).  This is a weird, weird mix.

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